New Gorilla Exhibits Opens At Franklin Park Zoo

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A new state-of-the-art gorilla exhibit opened at the Franklin Park Zoo Tuesday.

Gorilla Grove, a new $9.1 million outdoor gorilla habitat, features more than 360,000 cubic feet for the gorilla family to explore. It has a mix of real and fake trees, a waterfall, climbing vines, and built-in foraging opportunities.

Guests will be able to observe the gorillas through a central observational outpost, and can experience scheduled training sessions at the zookeeper training area.

"It brings people really close, and brings people to places that they can hopefully foster great connections with these amazing animals," said Dr. Malu Celli, Vice President of Animal Care at Zoo New England.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony, where she was interrupted by silverback gorilla Little Joe who banged on the glass.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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